A while back, I started jotting my thoughts about things that I believe in – or don’t believe in, as it were. I had a bit of brain tickle the other day. I keep getting faced with folks and their religious beliefs. Don’t get me wrong, this is a free country and everyone has a right to believe whatever they want. I was raised in a household where we went to church every Sunday. But we didn’t get into people’s faces about it. These days, that seems to be the way some folks want to “do” religion. They knock on doors, they make laws based on their beliefs – we even have “faith based” religious offices within the government!
I am absolutely fascinated by religion. I’ve actually spent some of my adult time in church, and found it not to my liking for various reasons. I’ve studied it a bit on my own, and in formal settings. Here is my conclusion: it’s not that I don’t believe in God or some higher being. This is totally between me and that being, whether it be a he, she, or it. What I don’t believe very much in is the people who believe in God. So many bad things have been done in the name of God – but they have been done by people in the name of God. We are such an imperfect species.
So please, keep your religious beliefs to yourself, unless you just want to have a nice polite theoretical discussion. I might find an academic discussion about the history of your religion interesting. But please don’t try to convert me. And don’t try to legislate your religion. And if you already have (think proposition 8), please reconsider what you have done. Thanks.
I found this quote in some of my random reading and it seemed appropriate for this blog entry. This is a quote from Ghandi:
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”